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Lord Dunsany, The Chronicles of Rodriguez, signed limited edition.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 598

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  • G. P. Putnam's Sons, London & New York, 1922. Large octavo, inserted frontispiece with illustration by Sidney H. Sime, original vellum-backed orange cloth, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Limited edition numbered 329 of 500, signed by Dunsany and Sime.
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Graves, James and Prim, John G Augustus. The History and Antiquities of St. Canice's Kilkenny.  

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  • The History and Antiquities and Architecture of the Cathedral Church of St. Canice's Kilkenny. Dublin, Hodges, Figgis, Smith and Co., 1857. 9 full page plates, 2 coloured wood engravings in text. Some wear. Publishers cloth, rebacked. 4to. Includes loosely inserted letter 1937 (Jan 1) from J. W. Purcell, Washington D.C. to John Prim, Co.Kilkenny about Capt. Robert Purcell referring to his 17th century ancestors.
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Histories of Royal Irish Regiment, Royal Munster Fusiliers and Neill's Blue Caps, facsimile editions by Schull Books.  

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  • Gretton, Lieutenant-Colonel G Le. The Campaigns and History of the Royal Irish Regiment from 1684 to 1902, Schull Books, Cork, 1997; large 8vo, 2 vols text, 1 vol maps; McCance, Captain S. History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, Schull, Cork, 1995, large 8vo, 2 vols text, 1 vol maps; and Wylly, Colonel H. C. Neill's Blue Caps, Schull Books, Cork, 1996, large 8vo, 3vols text, 1 vol maps. All blue cloth with gilt titles, in slip cases. (3)
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Grose, Francis. Groses' Antiquities.  

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Reserve: €1900

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  • Antiquities of Ireland. 1791 (2), Antiquities of Scotland. 1797 (2), Antiquities of England & Wales. 1783/87 (8) and Military. 1812 (2) Small folio. Fine complete matched set of Grose's Antiquities, 14 volumes bound in contemporary crimson morocco with gilt panelled covers. All edges gilt. The two vol set relating to Ireland is very similar but covers in contemporary calf.
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Grose, Antiquities, vol II; Ware's Ireland, vol. II; and A New General Collection of Voyages and Travel, vol. III.  

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  • A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III, c. 1746, rebound brown cloth, gilt title, lacking title page; The Whole Works of Sir James Ware Vol. II, Dublin, printed by S. Powell for the author, 1745, folio, full gilt tan morocco, gilt embossed stamp of the Carlton Club to front cover and base of spine; and Grose, Francis. The antiquities of Ireland. Vol. II, London, 1797. folio, calf, lacking some engravings. (3)
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Grote, George. A History of Greece from the Earliest Period:  

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  • to the Close of the Generation Contemporary with Alexander the Great. John Murray, London, 1884. Twelve volumes, complete. 12mo, full calf binding with gilt St.Columba's College, Dublin crest, marbled endpapers and pastedowns. All edges marbled. The first vol. has the St.Columba's College presentation bookplate pasted to front pastedown awarded to Edward J. Gwynn for his examination performance, signed in Latin by the college warden 'Robertus Rice' and dated 1884.
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Heaney, Seamus. Wintering Out, inscribed by the poet.  

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  • 1974, London, Faber and Faber, first edition, 2nd reprint, 8vo, card covers (the first edition was printed thus). Inscribed by Heaney on title page in black ink, "From Seamus Heaney now summering in thanks to the AIF - with good wishes to Lenahan O'Connell - go raibh míle maith agat!"
    Lenahan O'Connell held many prestigious positions in Boston, among these membership of the America-Irish Fund. He lived to celebrate his 100th birthday. BOOKS

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Heaney, Seamus. Poems 1965-1975 and Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978, first US editions.  

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  • 1980 New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, first US editions. 8vo, each boxed in custom-made slip-case with title etc, in gilt on spine. (2)
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K'eogh (John), Zoologia, Medicinalis Hibernica: or, a Treatise of Birds, Beasts, Fishes...  

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  • 18th Century to which is added A Short Treatise of the Diagnostic and Prognostic Parts of Medicine..., 8vo, 6pps list of subs., 167pps, + Index.
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Kettle, Mary (Ed.). An Irishman's Calendar a Quotation from the Works of T. M. Kettle for Every Day in the Year Compiled by His Wife.  

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The Kills; Cappello, Kenneth, Dream & Drive  

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Leith, Ritchie. Ireland Picturesque and Romantic  

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  • Heath's Picturesque Annual for 1838. Ireland, Longman, London, 1838, gilt and blind embossed red calf, small 4to, with 19 engravings from drawings by D. M'Clise and T. Creswick.
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Levy Ferdinand. Flashes from the Dark, signed, limited edition.  

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  • 1941, Dublin: Sign of the Three Candles, first & limited edition, 8vo., Numbered 25 of 162 and signed. Illustrated with frontis sketch of the author by Louis Le Brocquy.
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Lewis, Samuel. Topographical Dictionary of Ireland   

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Lewis, Samuel. Atlas to the Topographical Dictionary of Ireland;  

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  • Comprising a General Map of Ireland and Maps of the Counties. Lewis and Co., London, 1849. Large 4to. 33 original outline-coloured maps, 32 of Irish counties and one folding map of Ireland. Brown cloth blind embossed. Lacking spine, front cover detached.
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MacPherson, James. The Works of Ossian The Son of Fingal, in two volumes.  

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Macready. Annals of an Active Life  

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  • Hutchinson & Co., London. First Edition, not dated but 1924, two volumes, 4to, blue cloth lettered in gilt. 694pp. 32 illustrations.
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O'Malley, Charles. The Irish Dragoon.  

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  • William Curry, Jun And Company, Dublin, (1841) Two volumes. Quarter red morocco, gilt embossed spine, and marbled boards. Together with Voltaire (François Marie Arouet). The Age of Louis XV. Being the Sequel of the Age of Louis XIV. Volume I, London, G. Kearsly, 1770; and Addison, Joseph and Steele, Richard. Together with The Guardian. 18th-century full calf panelled London, Printed for J. Tonson, 1714. (4)
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O'Meara, Barry E. An Exposition Of Some Of The Transactions, That Have Taken Place At St. Helena:  

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  • Since The Appointment Of Sir Hudson Lowe As Governor Of That Island. London: Printed For James Ridgway, 1819, second edition, calf on marbled boards gilt.
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O'Suilleabhain, Sean. A Handbook of Irish Folklore.  

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  • 1942, Dublin: Educational Company of Ireland for the Folklore of Ireland Society. First Edition. 8vo. Boards with overlapping red cloth spine with gilt title.
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Plumptre, Anne. Narrative of a Residence in Ireland during the Summer of 1814 and that of 1915.  

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  • Henry Colburn, London, 1817, portrait frontispiece, xiv, 398pp, advertisement, quarter calf gilt and marbled boards. Ex-Libris Sir Graham E Hammond Bt, bearing his bookplate to pastedown.
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Edward Quin. An Historical Atlas: In a Series of Maps of the World as Known at Different Periods.  

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  • Seeley & Burnside. London. 1830, first edition, Folio, quarter green hide bound, 21 hand-coloured, engraved maps with aquatint by Hall, six of the maps are very large double-page size. A first edition of a rare and unusual atlas.
    Commencing with the First Period, From the creation to the Deluge 2384 B.C., through to The Twenty First Period, From the Greatest Extension of the French Empire A.D. 1811, to the End of the General Peace A.D. 1828. The folding maps have the original linen strips along the joint to add strength. BOOKS MAPS

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Shakespeare, William. King Lear. With lithographs by Oskar Kokoschka. Limited edition, signed.  

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Reserve: €900

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  • London: Ganymed, 1963. Folio. Number 8 of 279 copies signed to the edition page by the artist. Illustrated with sixteen lithographs by Oskar Kokoschka, two signed in pencil. Full morocco, blind embossed, marbled endpapers. Gray cloth slipcase; accompanied by Ganymed's prospectus for the edition and their invoice (Dec 18, 1963) to Gerald Y Goldberg Esq.
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Shaw, Rev. William. Galic and English Dictionary.  

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  • Containing all the words in the Scotch and Irish dialects of the Celtic that could be collected from the voice, old books and MSS. Volumes I and II. London, 1780, First and only edition of the first Gaelic-English, English Gaelic dictionary; 4to, rebound as one volume in quarter tan calf and marbled boards.
    William Shaw 1749-1831 was born at Clachaig in the Isle of Arran and was a graduate of Glasgow University. He went to London, and there met Dr. Johnson. When he told Johnson of his great scheme for making a collection of Gaelic words, the old Doctor approved. Sir, said he, if you give the world a vocabulary of that language, while this Island stands, your name will be remembered. Recorded amongst the list of subscriber’s are James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. In 1778 Shaw travelled throughout the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebrides and then through Ireland and collected nearly thirty thousand articles for a Dictionary. In the preface Shaw acknowledges help in particular from a minister in Mull for 200 words and Sir James Foulis, and in Ireland Col.Vallancy who had many manuscripts and books and manuscripts in Trinity College Library. BOOKS

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Smith, Charles. The Antient and Present State of the County of Kerry.  

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  • Printed for the Author & Sold By Messrs Ewing , Faulkner, Wilson & Exshaw, Dublin, 1756. 8vo. Rebound quarter red leather on marbled boards.
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Smith, Charles. The Antient and Present State of the County and City of Waterford.  

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  • Dublin, printed by A. Reilly for the author, 1746, 8vo, tan calf gilt, the front cover gilt embossed with an imperial crown above 'E.R' and a shield-shaped, latticed device, marbled paste-downs.
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J.B.Waring. Masterpieces of Industrial Art & Sculpture at the International Exhibition 1862.  

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  • Published London 1863, first edition. 3 volumes. Large folio. With 380 fine coloured lithographs. Original gilt cloth. Rare
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Weir, Hugh W. L.. Historical Genealogical Architectural Notes on some Houses of Clare.  

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  • 1986, Whitegate, Ballinakella Press, first edition. Folio, green cloth, gilt and blind embossed. Signed & inscribed by the author. Illustrated with photographs. Scarce.
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Anonymous [Tone, Theobald Wolfe and the Society of United Irishmen] Society of United Irishmen of Dublin.  

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  • Established November IX. MDCCXCI./ "Let the Nation Stand". [Being the printed Founding Manifesto of this revolutionary organization these are the Declaration, resolutions, addresses, circulars, letters and transactions of the Society]. Dublin, [Society of United Irishmen], 1794. First Edition. Duodecimo. (8), 207 pages, early 20th century full calf binding. An extremely scarce, historically important publication.
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Anonymous. Flora Alpina  

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  • A late 18th/ early 19th century European Herbal / Herbarium containing 36 original specimens of alpine flowers, privately collected, c.1790-1810. 20 x 25 cm. 39 pages with 36 full pages of tipped in specimens. Original decorative vellum from an obviously skillful bindery with gilt scrolling foliate borders and lettering.
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Anonymous [Bowden-Smith, Richard]. Fly Fishing in Salt & Fresh Water.  

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  • With a special chapter on flyfishing in Connemara - Fly-Fishing Lough Ina, near Clifden, in Bertraghboy Bay, at the Skyard Rocks, at Deer Island and off the Isle of Mweenish and the Isle of Arran. First and only edition. London, John van Voorst, 1851. 8vo. VIII, 74, (1) pages plus VI plates including the frontispiece of which V plates are handcoloured. An extremely rare account of fly fishing in the West of Ireland, believed to be the first book on salt-water fly-fishing.
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Austen, Jane. The Novels of Jane Austen. Complete in 6 volumes.  

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Reserve: €400

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  • Norwalk, The Easton Press, 1996. six volumes, 245 pages (vol. 1); 261 pages (vol. 2); 397 pages (vol.3); 494 pages (vol.4); 503 pages (vol.5); 381 pages (vol. 6), red full hide, gilt lettering and decoration, gilt edges, silk ribbon markers. (6)
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Benington, Jonathan. Kingerlee, Special Edition with signed drawing by John Kingerlee.  

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Reserve: €1000

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  • Belfast, Nicholson & Bass, 200, 4to. 280 pages, illustrated throughout. green full morocco with gilt lettering in publisher's clamshell box, signed by John Kingerlee in black pen with his cypher and 'John Kingerlee', together with a drawing signed with artist's cypher and dated (19) '98, signed 'John Kingerlee' and titled 'Kylemore Café Dublin' verso; also added is a DVD of a documentary showing Kingerlee in his former studio. An important monograph with a catalogue of early works by Kingerlee.
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The Connemara Pony Breeders' Society. Connemara Pony Stud Book, 1937-1979.  

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Reserve: €250

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  • Galway, The Connemara Pony Breeders' Society, 1937-1979. 12mo, eleven volumes, Vol. 3 1937; Vol. 4 1939; Vol. 6 1947; Vol. 7 1951; Vol. 8 1955; Vol. 9 1963; Vol. 10 1965; Vol. 11 1967; Vol. 12 1969; Vol. 13 1972; Vol. 16 1979. (11)
    The Stud Books of the Connemara Pony Breeders' Society contain the registration details and the names of the breeders and owners of Connemara Ponies registered with the society in the years spanning 1937 to 1979. They also include details of the prizewinners at the Society's Shows, members of the Society's committees, regulations relating to the breeding of the ponies, and photograph plates. Each volume is introduced with a report of the preceding period. BOOKS

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Cooke, Christopher. Curiosities of Occult Literature, author's interleaved and annotated copy.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 695

Reserve: €300

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  • London, Printed for the Author, 1863. 8vo. XI, 275 pages, plus 11 pages of a travel manuscript to Palestine in 1862-63 in the rear of the volume, blindstamped cloth with gilt lettering on spine: 'Occult Literature 1878 M.S.S.' Ex libris Marci H. Huthwaite, bookplate to front pastedown.
    This book purports to be 'a plain, unvarnished tale' written in defence of his legal work and pamphleteering on behalf of astrology. In effect the 58 interleaved pages and marginal annotations unpack and amplify the author's opinions as expressed in the printed text. Thus the author appends a two page long explanation of the court case that set in train the book's narrative opposite the title page. It's not possible to do justice to the range and eccentricity of the manuscript interventions here. BOOKS

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Dickson, R. W. The Farmer's Companion; being a complete System of Modern Husbandry:  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 698

Reserve: €600

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  • Including the Latest Improvements and Discoveries, in Theory and Practice. London, Printed for Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1813, second edition, two volumes (complete set) large 8vo. Both volumes together contain 948 pages, 102 copper engraved plates, interleaved illustrations throughout the volumes (many fold-out plates) including a General Index. Volume I 8vo, brown full leather with spine label, volume II large 8vo, green half morocco with gilt lettering on spine, marbled boards and leather corners. An extremely rare publication in very good condition. (2)
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[Duffy, Charles Gavan / Davis, Thomas] / Grattan Flood, W.H. The Spirit of the Nation:  

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  • Ballads and Songs by The Writers of "The Nation" with Original and Ancient Music, arranged for the Voice and Pianoforte. New Edition, with preface and Introduction by W.H.Grattan Flood. Dublin, James Duffy and Co., 1911. 4to. XXII, 368 pages - including the often missing Corrigenda Leaf (Errata). Illustrated green cloth, all edges gilt. A very rare and sought after publication.
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Fuchs, Edouard. L'Élement érotique dans la caricature and Karwath, Cary von. Die Erotik in der Kunst, bound in one volume.  

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Reserve: €400

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  • L'Élement érotique dans la caricature (The erotic element in caricature) C.W.Stern, Vienna, 1908, private printing,4to, VI, 259 pages with 223 illustrations; bound together with Die Erotik in der Kunst (The erotic in art) C.W.Stern, Vienna, 1906-08, private printing, 236 pages plus 40 tipped-in plates on titled card. Both publications in their original wrappers bound as one in dark brown quarter calf, raised bands and gilt titles to spine. The Fuchs volume in French, the Karwath volume in German.
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Hobson, Bulmer, A Short History of The Irish Volunteers, signed presentation copy to Eimar Ultan O'Duffy.  

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Reserve: €300

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  • Dublin, The Candle Press, 1918. .first and only edition. Volume 1 (all that was ever published) 12mo, IX, 205 pages, with a preface by Eoin MacNeill.green cloth gilt. Inscribed by Bulmer Hobson 'Eimear O'Duffy from his friend Bulmer Hobson'.
    John Bulmer Hobson (1883- 1969) was a leading member of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) before the Easter Rising in 1916. Though he was a member of the IRB which had planned the Rising, he opposed its being carried out, and attempted to prevent it. He swore Patrick Pearse into the IRB in late 1913. Eimar Ultan O'Duffy (1893-1935) was born in Dublin and educated at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire and at University College Dublin. He and Bulmer Hobson caused disaster to the plans for the 1916 Easter Rising when they told Eoin MacNeill that the Rising was planned for the next week; MacNeill, nominal head of the Irish Volunteers, reacted by sending messengers around the country to call off the manoeuvres which were the cover for the Rising, and advertising in newspapers to cancel them. BOOKS MILITARIA

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Holme, Charles (Ed.) The Studio. Alfred Chester Beatty's personal bound set and books from his library.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 705

Reserve: €10000

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  • The Studio: an illustrated magazine of fine and applied art. London, Offices of The Studio, 1893 - 1929. 4to. 97 volumes bound in 69 books with the Register for Vols 1-29, lacking volume 61. Includes original lithographs with the Studio blind embossed stamp. Inscribed 'Chester Beatty - 24 Kensington Palace Gardens - W. 8'; Also Shakespeare's Secret; A new & Correct interpretation of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Dublin, Printed & published at the Dolmen Press for the Melander Shakespeare Society, 1961. 8vo. 157, (2) pages plus Corrigenda leaf. Yellow cloth with gilt lettering on spine in publisher's slipcase. No. 11 of only 100 copies of a limited edition. Signed and hand-numbered by Rudolf Alexander Holzapfel in the Impressum. Additionally signed and inscribed by Holzapfel: "To Sir Alfred Chester Beatty from the author - Rudolf Alexander Holzapfel - Dublin, August 29th, 1962"; and Dawson, W.J. The Makers of English Poetry. New York / Chicago / Toronto, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1906. 8vo, 404 pages, red cloth with gilt lettering on spine and cover. Inscribed 'Alfred Chester Beatty' to the endpaper.
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Hornell, James. British Coracles and Irish Curraghs with a Note on the Quffah of Iraq.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 707

Reserve: €300

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  • London, Published for The Society for Nautical Research by Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 1938, first edition, 8vo, 23 plates and 23 figures and plans in the text. XII, 159 pages.
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Houghton, Rev. W. British Fresh Water Fishes.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 708

Reserve: €300

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  • Illustrated with a coloured Figure of each Species drawn from Nature by A.F.Lydon and numerous Engravings. London, Edinburgh and Dublin, William Mackenzie, 1879. Folio. XXVI, 204 pages with 41 full-page lithographs in colour, quarter calf gilt.
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The Romantic Scenery of England, Ireland and Scotland.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 709

Reserve: €200

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  • London, T.T. & J. Tegg, 1833. 8vo, frontispiece, 111 illustrations on 38 plates, green cloth gilt. Steel engravings include, Ballyfin, Carlow Castle, Belfast, Salmon Leap at Ballyshannon, Enniskillen, Lough Bray, Dargle, Tinehinch, Rosscrea, Carton, Moore Abbey, Llyn Ogwen, Llangollen Vale & Aqueduct, Aberglasslynn etc.
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Jaubert, J.-R. / Barthélemy-Lapommeraye, (C.J.). Richesses ornithologiques du Midi de la France:  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 710

Reserve: €500

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  • Description méthodique de tous les oiseaux observés en Provence et dans les départements circonvoisins, par MM. J.-B. Jaubert et Barthélemy-Lapommeraye. Marseille, Barlatier-Feissat et Demonchy, 1859-1862. Quarto. 547 pages with 20 coloured plates, quarter calf gilt binding by J. Quinton, Norwich. From the library of eminent British ornthologist John Henry Guerney with his small library supralibro on front and rear cover "John Henry Guerney" and a subsequent bookplate of Henry Richard Gurney of Heggatt Hall to front pastedown.
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Johnson, Lyndon Baines. The Vantage Point. Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969. Signed.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 711

Reserve: €300

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  • New York / Chicago / San Francisco, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971. 8vo. X, 636 pages. Original Hardcover with illustrated dustjacket in protective Mylar. Signed by Lyndon B. Johnson on the endpaper.
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Jourdain, Lt. Colonel H. F. N. / Fraser, Edward. The Connaught Rangers, including signed autograph  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 712

Reserve: €400

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  • London, Royal United Service Institution, 1924-1928 4to. 3 volumes, Volume I 1st Battalion, formerly 88th Foot, Volume II 2nd Battalion, formerly 94th Foot Volume III 5th & 6th Battalions in the Great War. Volume I: XXVIII, 616 pages / Volume II: XXIII, 545 pages / Volume III: XVI, 596 pages. 153 plates and 82 maps. Green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. The letter April 4, 1935 from Jourdain to White, accompanying a gift of volume I. (3)
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Khayyam, Omar; Sett, Mera K (illustrator)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 713

Reserve: €500

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  • Galloway & Porter, Cambridge, 1914, privately printed & published, limited edition of 250, 8vo. 5 nn. pages, illustrated title page, 15 unnumbered full-page illustrations, 15 full-page illustrations with titled tissue-guards, black cloth with gilt embossed lettering and illustrations to spine and cover. Extraordinary publication, particularly in the originality of its erotic illustrations.
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Knox, William. Extra Official State Papers. Ex-Libris Leonard Macnally, co-founder of the United Irishmen and British spy.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 714

Reserve: €700

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  • Addressed to The Right Hon. Lord Rawdon and the Other Members of the Two House of Parliament, Associated for the Preservation of the Constitution and Promoting the Prosperity of the British Empire. By a Late Under Secretary of State. J. Debrett, London, 1789. Volume one of two, 8vo, 49, [1], 14, [2], 174 [2] pages plus Errata-leaf, contemporary Irish calf gilt with edges stained green.
    This thoughtful work on Irish politics and history was written by an Irish-born government official, and subsequently owned by two significant figures in Irish history, both of whom have left their mark on it. The first was the British spy, Leonard Macnally, who has signed and annotated the text, followed by Warner William Westenra second Baron Rossmore who has left his notes and jottings on the Act of Union. The title page bears the ownership signature of Leonard Macnally who signs himself 'Leo: MacNally' with the name of the anonymous author '[William] Knox' written in his hand below. Macnally, a barrister and playwright, is now remembered as a notorious spy for the British government, exploiting his status as a co-founder of the United Irishmen to betray friends and republican clients such as Wolfe Tone even as he purported to defend them in the court cases that followed the rebellion of 1798. In addition to his ownership signature MacNally has lightly annotated Knox's Appendix which contains a 'Paper delivered to Lord Frederick Campbell, when appointed Secretary to Ireland, 1767' in which the author addresses the 'tyranny' of aristocratic government in Ireland, lamenting the 'wretched... ancient condition of Ireland... in respect to property' ownership. MacNally's interest seems to lie in Knox's reading of the history of Irish land tenure with five inked annotations setting out the legal justification for Knox's historical analysis, frequently by reference to Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. The bookplate of the Barons Rossmore appears on the front pastedown, almost certainly Warner William Westenra (1765-1842) the second Baron who was briefly a member of the Irish Parliament before losing his seat in the Act of Union, returning to spearhead a campaign to reform the representative peerage in Ireland, finally serving as Lord Lieutenant of Monaghan. On the penultimate blank endpaper, Westenra wrestles with the implications of Union with the UK, apparently writing before the act: 'The question now before the public is shall we have an Union?... Shall the people of Ireland consent to an Union of Legislature... The voice of thousands cry out no - that is the voice of thousands exclaim - let material pride trample upon national interest.' Alluding to one of the perennial features of Irish history, Rossmore acknowledges: 'Literary men of genius will go to England', but resignedly continues, 'Is that not the case now - Sheridan &c' BOOKS

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1971, July 29 Autograph letter from Frank R Leavis (1895-1978) literary critic regarding James Joyce.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 716

Reserve: €150

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  • Two-page autograph letter by the mid-twentieth century English literary critic. Written after his retirement on his personal headed notepaper (12 Bulstrode Gardens, Cambridge) F R Leavis fulminates to a graduate student who has inadvertently provoked his wrath. The main target is the young man's enthusiasm for James Joyce: 'I explained many years ago why I saved myself for the writers who seem to me most interesting and repaying, and proposed to leave him [underlined] to the academic industrialists (mostly American). At the best he is a sign of approaching death, and not of new life.' Together with envelope. (2)
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Leland, Thomas, DD. The History of the Life and Reign of Philip King of Macedon; the Father of Alexander  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 May 2017 / 717

Reserve: €300

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  • Thomas Harrison for W Johnston, London, 1758, two volumes bound as one, 4to, full calf. Ex-libris William Crosbie, Lord Bandon, 1st Earl of Glandore, his bookplate to front pastedown.
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